the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Hackensack NJ, Hackensack voters shot down a nearly $170 million schools proposal Tuesday, forcing school officials to find new ways to address the district’s growing student population and aging facilities. Hackensack voters overwhelmingly rejected the proposal. According to unofficial election results from Tuesday night, early counts show that an estimated 638 voted in favor of the project and 2,225 voted against. The count included absentee ballots.
Ridgewood resident find them selves in the middle of of a vote on a ballot question that would eliminate the right to vote of the school budget . Ridgewood resident Steve Kim commented on Facebook,
“Hackensack serves a cautionary tale for Ridgewood. It allowed unchecked developments that caused a surge in school enrollment. Then a $170 million referendum was proposed to build new schools ($100 million of that is new build).
We need to be attentive so that growth and capacity are inline and coordinated. We need to focus on making sure that schools deliver excellent education for the students. We cannot dilute quality.
We can focus and better manage with spring elections when local ballots don’t show up as after the fact on the last page. In spring we will have more candidates willing to run and more discussions and debates. More transparency and better accountability. Please vote NO to November consolidation. (Last sheet of your ballot – yep, hard to find) Let’s keep spring going forward for Ridgewood”